One of the top ten health concerns pet owners seek treatment for, in the Newport News and Hampton area, are skin or ear issues. At Hilton Animal Hospital, we see veterinary dermatology cases as being a two-fold problem: First, we address the symptoms your pet is experiencing to get him or her to a place of comfort as quickly as possible. Second, we use our state-of-the-art diagnostics to determine the cause of the symptoms. Proper diagnosis and treatment not only eliminate the immediate discomfort your pet has been experiencing, but also prevent the condition from returning in the future.
- Management of allergies, ear infections, and autoimmune skin diseases. Our goal is always to recommend cost-effective treatments that are in the best-interest of your pet.
- Allergy Immunotherapy. Multiple new treatment protocols are available for dogs and cats with atopic dermatitis
- Parasite detection. We are skilled in the use of skin scrapings to detect parasites on the skin, including Demodex mites, Sarcoptes mites, and Cheyletiella mites.
- Ringworm diagnosis. We use a number of techniques to diagnose ringworm (dermatophytosis), including Wood's light examinations, trichography, and fungal culture techniques.
- Cytology. Cytology is routinely used to identify cells, including bacteria and/or yeast, which may be infecting your pet's skin or ears. It may also help identify certain types of tumors.
- Skin biopsy and dermatopathology. We utilize these techniques, when appropriate, to confirm a diagnosis, or to better define an unusual disease condition.
- Surgery. We routinely remove skin masses or skin tumors.
If your dog or cat has any of the following symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians as soon as possible:
- Extreme scratching and itching
- Chewing of the skin or feet
- Excessive licking
- Hair loss
- Head shaking
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Crusts or bumps with scabs